10 Rappers Who Have Changed Their Names
Rappers are often quick to change the names we've grown accustomed to. Religion and maturity usually account for the swap, but sometimes, like in Diddy's case, the change is completely unfounded. In many cases, however, the name change has happened before the artist has blown up.
Here are 10 rappers who've changed their names.
Mos Def is now Yasiin bey
At a show in Alaska in 2012, the Brooklynite, born Dante Smith to a Muslim father and known to most as Mos Def, announced to the crowd he would be referred to as his Islamic name Yasiin Bey, which translates to "Heart of God". The "Ms. Fat Booty" singer has always carried a very conscious undertone in his music while also being explicitly critical of society in songs like "Katrina Clap", where he spoke on the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina. Bey, however, has yet to drop a major project since the name change.
Common dropped the Sense
The rapper known as Common Sense had to drop his surname after the commercial success of his LPResurrection. A ska band who had thought of the name first sued Common Sense, which gave way to the mononym. Who'd have thunk you could put a price on common sense?
Tityboi is now 2Chainz
Maybe being a chubby kid was the reason that the ATL native, born Tauheed Epps, got his original chuckle-inducing moniker. Before "true" got extended to "TRUUUU", the artist formerly known as Tityboi was one half of the group Playaz Circle. (You might remember their lone single "Duffle Bag Boy".) Now reformed as a fashionista with hilarious punch lines, 2Chainz can be found collaborating with top rappers all over the interwebs.
K Dot to Kendrick Lamar
Stepping on the scene as 17 year old from the CPT (with the tough adolescent tone to prove it), the debut mixtape Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year introduced the west coast to Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, who was known then simply as K. Dot. Day-ones and those who like to pretend they listened to his early (and critically acclaimed) works like "Section 80" and "Overly Dedicated" still refer to him as the two syllable alias in an attempt to sound cool in social circles. Seeing that he now belongs to the mainstream, they really should just let it go.
Malice to No Malice
Malice's younger brother (usually confused as his twin) Pusha T explains that Malice "found religion" on his renowned "Fear of God" mixtape. After being featured on "Grindin'" and Justin Timberklake's "Like I Love You", Malice turned to a life of Christianity. He thus rid himself of much of the malice he rhymed about in his earlier projects, and even featured with Gospel rapper Lecrae in a song. Aside from his music, No Malice penned a book titled Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked focusing on the exploits that led to the conversion of his name and his subsequent search of peace.